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4KCA Impact

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Early childhood advocates consider the community approach (CA) the most logical, effective way to provide universal four-year-old kindergarten (4K). 4KCA relies on a comprehensive public-private partnership effort, sometimes called a “school-community interface.”

Working together, a broad range of local early childhood players – as many as possible – forge a common approach to a common goal: the emotional, educational, societal, and physical well-being of children. Education and care are seen as two sides of the same coin. Through collaboration, 4KCA achieves more than the individual agencies acting independently.

Benefits of the Community Approach to...

Benefits to Children Benefits to Families 4KCA Education Programs Benefits to School Districts Benefits to the Public

Lessons Learned from 4K Community Approaches

54 Reasons to Implement the 4K Community Approach

Stories that Highlight the Unique Benefits of the 4K Community Approach

 Storyteller, Bob Kann, shares storytelling techniques, and how they can be used to tell your 4KCA Story


Please share your own story!

 Happy children attend Hortonville School District's 4K program using Community Approaches!

 Onalaska School District has documented the benefits of 4K Community Approaches

 Learn about Chippewa Falls' "Building Bridges for Children" (BB4C) program for Community Approaches

 Berlin School District describes the benefits of its 4K Community Approach program

 Learn about great partnerships between the School District of Waukesha and a dozen community Head Start and child care partners




This article from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Association News is an update on the four-year-old kindergarten program in La Crosse and how it spread to other Wisconsin communities.

Another article from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Association News highlights the advantages of Community Approaches with stories from  the Racine, Hortonville, and Mount Horeb school districts.
Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin School News, the official publication of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Inc.


For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625